Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Take to the Limit by Dawn Ryder Unbroken Heroes #4)

Take to the Limit
My Rating:
Written by: Dawn Ryder
Series: Unbroken Heroes (Book 4)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
ISBN-10: 1250132703
ISBN-13: 978-1250132703
Genre: Military Romantic Suspense

They are part of an elite unit. On task. Off grid. These are the men of the Shadow Ops task force. Be seduced and thrilled by Take to the Limit, the next Unbroken Heroes novel by Dawn Ryder.

Holding out for a hero

A hardened military machine, Bram Magnus is a tough, combat-ready, all-American hero who never surrenders. But the one thing he can't fight? His smoldering, intense attraction to his girlfriend's younger sister. He's always kept his feelings locked deeply down. But when his girlfriend betrays him the night before he ships off to Afghanistan, Bram has one chance to show the woman he's resisted for years that he wants her as fiercely as the first day he saw her.

Ever since her older sister first brought home the soldier with steely hard muscles and piercing eyes, Jaelyn has wanted Bram, and when her sister casts him aside the night before he leaves, Jaelyn can't resist one steamy hot kiss with him. But danger is not far behind, and even as a deadly enemy hunts them, their relationship only grows more explosive. It's all Bram can do to keep Jaelyn safe, but with a threat this powerful, will they pay the ultimate price for their passion?
Take to the Limit (Unbroken Heroes #4)Take to the Limit by Dawn Ryder

Take to the Limit was a smooth flowing romantic suspense immersing us back into the Unbroken Heroes' world created by Dawn Ryder.

Bram is a special ops hero who has always had a connection to his girlfriend’s little sister. When his girlfriend has a one-night stand, their relationship ends and his biggest regret is losing Jaelyn, the younger sister. As he deploys, Bram and Jaelyn share one hot and heavy kiss.

While apart he can’t get Jaelyn out of his head. Not for nothing... but the feeling is completely mutual.

The cards are stacked against them, work, location, family, its a lot to overcome...
but Ryder can’t leave it to the unbelievable sexual tension, she adds in a riveting tale of two enemies joining forces to tear their worlds apart.

Sensual, hot and good amount of humor, Ryder tells a tale with heart pounding suspense, a swoon worthy romance and a cast of primary and secondary characters that back it all up.

I received this ARC copy of Take to the Limit from St. Martin's Press. This is my honest and voluntary review. Take to the Limit is set for publication Aug. 29, 2017.

So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks (The Embraced #2)

So I Married a Sorcerer

Don't Miss the BOOK TOUR  coming to Tome Tender 8/22/2017.

My rating: 
Written by: Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
ISBN-10: 1250108233
ISBN-13: 978-1250108234
Genre: Romantic Fantasy

Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knows nothing of her past, except that she is Embraced: born with powers that forced her into hiding. Everything changes when she learns she’s a princess, hidden away from her villainous half-brother who now rules the kingdom. But he knows about Brigitta, and he’ll do anything to get her back. Unless a certain roguish pirate has anything to say about it…

Rupert is both an infamous pirate and a sorcerer with the power to harness the wind. He’s been waiting nineteen years for revenge—and he needs Brigitta to get it. What begins as a kidnapping of the fiery beauty turns into a fierce attraction. But can he win the captive princess’s heart?
So I Married a Sorcerer (The Embraced, #2)So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks

So I Married a Sorcerer is a fun, fanciful read.

As the second book in The Embraced series starts, we find Brigitta, a magic user traveling on a ship with her adopted sisters from the Isle of the Moon to visit Luciana (The sister who found her perfect guy in How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days.

While on route the ship is overtaken by “pirates”, taking Brigitta and one of the nuns with him.

There is mistaken intentions and identities, strong romantic tension and plenty of misunderstandings to make Brigitta and Rupert’s story quite a rocky romance…well it is on a ship and all…

Sparks created the perfect pair to battle hard and fall harder! Highly enjoyable and entertaining read, with heart plenty of heart and antics to keep the story flowing.

I received this ARC copy of So I Married a Sorcerer from St. Martin's Press. This is my honest and voluntary review. This book is set for publication Aug 29, 2017.

Pretend You're Safe by Alexandra Ivy (The Agency #1)

Pretend You're Safe 

My Rating:
Written by: Alexandra Ivy
Series: The Agency (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
ISBN-10: 1420143778
ISBN-13: 978-1420143775
Genre: Suspense Thriller


First came the floods. Then came the bodies. The victims strangled, then buried along the shores of the Mississippi have finally been unearthed, years after they disappeared. He remembers every satisfying kill . . . each woman s terror and agony. But there s only one he truly wanted. And fate has brought her within reach again . . .

Jaci Patterson was sixteen when she found the first golden locket on her porch. Inside were a few strands of hair wrapped around a scrap of bloodstained ribbon. Though the gifts kept arriving, no one believed her hunch that a serial killer was at work. Now Jaci has returned home . . . and the nightmare is starting once more.

Back then, Rylan Cooper was an arrogant deputy sheriff convinced that Jaci was just an attention seeking teen. It was a fatal mistake. There s a murderer in their midst, someone determined to settle old scores and keep playing a twisted game. And it won t end until Jaci is his forever . . .
Pretend You're SafePretend You're Safe by Alexandra Ivy

If you are looking for a chilling and riveting murder mystery that will keep you guessing, Pretend You’re Safe is the book for you.

Jaci Patterson thought she was being stalked by a stranger leaving her lockets when she was 16.

Years later, when the small town boarding the banks of the Mississippi floods bodies begin to wash up and the lockets return to Jaci’s porch. Haunted with the thoughts that a killer loose on her home town, Jaci feels this is all tied into her past. It’s a demented game she finds herself caught up in and her only hope for survival might end up in the hands of the deputy that blew off her concerns as a teen, Rylan Cooper.

You can't go wrong grabbing any title written by Alexandra Ivy. Nail biter from start to finish, this stalker/murder mystery keeps you turning the pages into the wee-hours of the morning.

I received this ARC copy of Pretend You're Safe from Kensington Books - Zebra. This is my honest and voluntary review. Pretend You're Safe is set for publication Aug. 29, 2017.

#Cover Reveal - Escape from Heartland by Jacquie Gee

Escape from Heartland
Jacquie Gee
(Heartland Cove, #2)
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
We hardly know each other, yet somehow, on some unexplainable level, it feels like we’ve known each other forever.
Jules Bates is a fish-out-of-water in conservative, small town, Heartland Cove. A modern girl with modern dreams that have so far taken her all the way to father’s bait shop at the end of town. There, she spends her days, elbow-deep in worm dirt. She can’t remember the last time she’s been on a date, or dressed in anything but a lumberjack shirt and hip waders. Her life seems to be at a stalemate. It’s like her best friend said, “The perfect guy doesn’t just walk through your door and sweep you off your feet, you know?”
Or does he?
Jayden Sievert is on a mission, to solve the mystery of his life. But first he needs to track down a ghost. One in particular. The legend of Heartland Cove. Arriving in the small town, with his ghostbuster wannabe equipment in hand, he purchases the Caldwell place, much to the horror of the townsfolk—a stately Georgian Manor overlooking the sea, with a less than pleasant past. No one’s been brave enough to set foot in that place for over a decade.
Is this man mad? Or perhaps just a little crazy?
Jayden ignores them all. He knows the key to his success lies in his ability to minimize distractions, but then he meets Jules. Could she be the answer to the long-buried secret that Jayden’s spent a lifetime searching for?
The second in the series of sweet romances set in fiction Heartland Cove, this contemporary coming-of-age romance features a deliciously unexpected paranormal twist!

Author Bio:
Jacquie Gee is the alias of Jacqueline Garlick. Maybe you’ve read her?
We are one and the same. Two faces of one author with very different writing styles. That way, I keep readers happy by keeping my writing passions separated.
On a personal note, I love to talk… strange for a writer, I know, but I do. I’m told I can be pretty funny, though, my kids see things in a different light. I love to write romances with a strong, sassy, heroines, and scrumptiously, gorgeous leading men. I write sweet romance surrounded by chocolate and an overweight sheltie. Neither of which are related. And there are always with fresh flowers in the room. Raised in a small town in the country myself, I like writing about them best. I mean, who doesn’t love a small-town? Enough about me, what about you?
Drop me a line and let’s get to know each other. I love to hear from readers!


#Cover Reveal - Christmas at the Lake by Charlotte Blake

Christmas at the Lake
Charlotte Blake
(Great Escapes, #2)
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Sometimes love gets forgotten …
Hugely successful Lexi Stuart is used to guys pursuing her, but for all the wrong reasons. Sure, she’s beautiful and rich, but the men in her life never seem to want anything more serious than just sex. It’s a stark reality she’s become used to.
As a code writer in Silicon Vally, Adam Hunt doesn’t have to worry about money. And as a heartthrob in general, he doesn’t need to worry about attracting women, either. But when he meets Lexi during a Christmas holiday in Lake Tahoe, he’s floored that she won’t give him the time of day after one wild night together.
Now, this sports bum is about to take Lexi on the ride of her life. All she needs to do is hang on!
NOTE: This STAND-ALONE romance contains very steamy love scenes. All of the books in the Great Escapes series can be read in any order.


Double Release for SWITCHING IT UP & FORGING LOVE w/#Giveaway

A SAFE Security series
by Michele Zurlo
Enter to win one of two print books

Taming the Rebel by Dawn Klehr Blitz and #Giveaway

Taming the Rebel 

Dawn Klehr
(Endless Summer)
Published by: Entangled Crush
Publication date: August 14th 2017
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Rebel Hart should be at home taking care of her father after his breakup with his boyfriend, not tromping through the woods at summer camp. He’s had his heart broken beyond repair, and the way she sees it, there’s only one person to blame—the boyfriend’s son. So when that infuriatingly gorgeous quarterback turns up at the same camp, she plans to make him pay.
Justice Brody isn’t happy about trading training camp for actual summer camp. But if he wants to stay on the football team, he has to show that he can be drama-free. He welcomes the anonymity that comes with summer camp…until he realizes the one girl who knows him better than anyone is there, too. Rebel is off-limits, impossibly beautiful…and trouble with a capital T. Still, he can’t stay away. And even as Rebel exacts her revenge, in several very embarrassing and painful ways, neither can she.

Author Bio:
Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.
She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.
Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog.


Signed copies of all 3 of Dawn's books (US/CAN)
Signed copy of Taming the Rebel (US/CAN)
3x ebook copies of Taming the Rebel (INTL)
Ends Aug. 16 - 24, 2017


Kim Iverson Headlee's Twins Release Blitz

The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, the novella genesis of book 6
by Kim Iverson Headlee

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (The Nyxia Triad, #1)

by Scott Reintgen

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Nyxia Triad - Book 1
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (September 12, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0718186885
ISBN-13: 978-0718186883
Genre: YA Dystopian Scifi
Paperback: 384 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.


Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden--a planet that Babel has kept hidden--where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won't forever compromise what it means to be human.

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (The Nyxia Triad, #1)

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)How far would you go to help your family when they need it most? When Emmett is offered the chance to change his family’s lives forever, he simply cannot refuse, there is too much at stake. A giant conglomerate has offered the lifesaving medical help his mother needs, plus much needed money, all he has to do is become part of Babel Communication’s space voyage and during their journey, earn the right to mine Nyxia, possibly the most valuable substance in the universe. Ten troubled teens are chosen, but not all will earn the right to land and mine on an unknown planet, Eden.

What happens when the competition plays dirty? Will these teens lose their humanity in a desperate bid to become one of the chosen? What secrets have been kept from them by Babel? What happens if friendships are formed, will it work against each teen in the long run? When push comes to shove, what will Emmett do?

NYXIA by Scott Reintgen is more than a tale of science fiction and fantasy, it is a grueling test of the strength of character, the physical resilience and the ability to recognize right from wrong, no matter the cost. These teens come to life, far too emotionally immature to understand what is really happening, but filled with the hopes of finding a better life for those they love. These may be troubled teens, but some will rise to be the kind of human the world needs, even as they witness the deceit of their “employer," and are forced to make the best of the nightmare they are living.

Seen through the eyes and heart of young Emmett, this tale becomes an emotional and heart-wrenching journey filled with non-stop tension, action and conflict throughout. Magnetic reading that leaves our reality behind as we witness the trials of these characters. A true gem that goes to the top of my list!

I received an ARC edition from Random House Children's Books.


The Samurai Code by Steven Moore (The Hiram Kane Action Adventures Book 1)

The Samurai Code 
by Steven Moore

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Hiram Kane Action Adventure Series - Book 1
Publisher: Condor Publishing (March 15, 2017)
Publication Date: March 15, 2017
Genre: Thriller | Suspense | Action
Print Length: 226 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
One lethal storm. One deadly criminal. One ancient code. Expedition leader Hiram Kane is in Japan when the storm of the century hits. He joins the rescue mission as flash floods cause chaos, death and destruction. Yakuza boss Katashi Goto is retiring from the mob. Before he does, there is one more thing to achieve: revenge over a centuries old enemy. When their two very different worlds collide, Kane is forced to make a choice. He has always known honour is worth fighting for. When challenged by Katashi, he has to decide if it is also worth dying for. The Samurai Code is the first installment of the Hiram Kane adventure series

 The Samurai Code by Steven Moore

The Samurai CodeWhen others fled for their lives, Hiram Kane’s honor says he must stay to assist the victims of a typhoon that has pummeled Japan. Katashi Goto, Yakuza mob boss is retiring, but first he must avenge the honor stolen from his Samurai ancestors lost long ago.

An uninvited witness to a brutal ritual killing, Hiram finds himself face to face with a man who doesn’t flinch at ordering torture, or even murder. Can a mob boss really understand the concept of honor or has he corrupted the ancient code of the Samurai for his own advantage? Hiram is about to be challenged by his own sense of honor and it may cost him his life.

THE SAMURAI CODE is a fabulous introduction to Hiram Kane from author, Steven Moore. Sense the atmosphere of Japan, sense the importance of history, of ancestors and try to understand how a man can desire honor for his ancestors and still be a vulture in the contemporary world.
Quick, but very well written, Steven Moore has kept the tension high, while painting each scene with the care of an artist inviting us into another world.

The King's Peace by Kevin Hammond

The King's Peace
by Kevin Hammond

My rating: 4.5 stars

Publication Date: October 6, 2013
Publisher: Kevin Hammond
Genre: Fantasy
Print Length: 211 pages
Available from: Amazon
The Kingdom is young and yet it stands in great peril.
Dark tales of the unnatural have reached the King's city.
The King is slain in his bed and the storm on
the horizon brings black ships closer to the coastal city
of Erenon. Nathaniel, a clever thief has stumbled upon a job that
brings him to the home of the King when he is slain and Nathaniel is unwillingly dragged
into the quest to reach the southern garrison
which has gone quiet in recent months. Strange powers are helping and
hindering him and the small company of soldiers dispatched to that garrison
as war comes to the city.
They will find those horrors that plague the common man,
an ancient legend will unravel, and a deception so epic in scale it involves the Gods.
The whole world of man and nations who live on the other side of the mountain range known as
the Great Divide will come together in a war no one really understands and as the kingdom fights
to survive it will face an enemy they know nothing about.

The King's Peace by Kevin Hammond

The King's PeaceHe was a simple thief using his wits to survive. Nathaniel never thought his craft would plunge him into a world of death, deceit, political and magical machinations. Nor would he think he would ever care so much about the truth. THE KING’S PEACE by Kevin Hammond is a fantasy tale filled with conflict in the eternal battle of good versus evil and the haves and have-nots. Some have power, some have magic, but how it is used or abused will help drive this tale. From start to finish, the pacing, the action and Nathaniel, himself, are going to keep you riveted to each page!

The king has been murdered and Nathaniel is in the right place at the wrong time, becoming entangled in a quest that will take him into battle, into the midst of an ancient legend and on to a newly prescribed path that will change his life forever.

Nathaniel is one of those characters you just cannot help but root for as he is thrown into situation after situation with only his wit and intelligence to get him through. Unwillingly recruited into the king’s army, he must overcome the ill-will of his fellow soldiers and gain their trust as his journey becomes one of visions, reality and facing monsters of epic proportion.

Kevin Hammond has created a world that breathes, from Nathaniel’s discomfort on a horse, which is humorous, to almost dreamlike visions of gods versus gods, with humanity stuck in the middle. A quick read that still gives an atmosphere of turmoil with each new twist!

I received this copy from Kevin Hammond in exchange for my voluntary and honest review.

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Lies She Told
by Cate Holahan

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: Thriller | Suspense
Print Length: 288 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The truth can be darker than fiction.
Liza Cole, a once-successful novelist whose career has seen better days, has one month to write the thriller that could land her back on the bestseller list. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to start a family, but her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. As stresses weigh her down in her professional and personal lives, Liza escapes into writing the chilling exploits of her latest heroine, Beth.
Beth, a new mother, suspects her husband is cheating on her while she’s home caring for their newborn. Angry and betrayed, she aims to catch him in the act and make him pay for shattering the illusion of their perfect life. But before she realizes what she’s doing, she’s tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the East River.
Then, the lines between Liza’s fiction and her reality eerily blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the East River, and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including her own. If she doesn’t, the end of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own.

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Lies She ToldWell, I didn’t see THIS one coming, but what a twisted ride! LIES SHE TOLD Cate Holahan is dark, very dark, very twisted and wickedly blends the lines between fact and the fictitious world of a suspense author. Hang on tight, because Cate Holahan is taking no prisoners and neither is Beth, or Liza.

Struggling to end her best-seller dry spell, Liza Cole’s world is anything but mellow. Filled with hormones in an attempt to conceive, dealing with a husband wrapped up in his high-pressure job and on a rapidly approaching deadline, Liza uses her heroine, Beth as an escape, and the lines between Beth’s fictional implosion begin to blur as a murder of passion in reality and Beth’s commitment of a murder of passion become intertwined in a mind that has too many hidden secrets from her past.

Edge-of-your-seat reading all the way as readers will struggle to separate Beth and Liza’s lives, actions and their very essences. Taut, dark and filled with page after page of high tension action, we become immersed in the minds of two characters, almost forgetting they are not one in the same. Or are they? Just when you think you have it all figured discover you don't! THAT is an excellent suspense!

An excellent thriller that will test the limits of one’s imagination from start to finish!

I received an ARC edition from Crooked Lane Books.

Coming Home by Aine Kelley #Cover Reveal

Coming Home
by Aine Kelley
Release Date: August 21st, 2017

Five years spent wishing things were different.

Five years spent trying to forget it ever happened.

Five years spent wondering what coming home would be like.

Five years spent hoping there was still a chance.

For Jenny Foster, coming home was the scariest thing she’d ever faced, but she was tired of being haunted by the one boy – man – she’d ever loved. She was tired of hiding in the shadows of her childhood; it was time to be the woman she ran away to find.

Jack Ryan knew he only had one chance to make things right with Jenny; a chance he didn’t deserve, but he knew he wouldn’t waste it. It had already taken him a lifetime to see what was right in front of him all along, and he’d be damned if he let her slip away again.

Maybe time heals most wounds, but when it comes to wounds of the heart, Jenny knows time only builds walls to protect what’s already broken. Only love can heal a wounded heart, and for Jenny Foster that meant letting in the one person who broke it in the first place – Jack Ryan.

And he was waiting for her; ready for her to come home…to him.





Can two broken people help each other learn to love again and find their way home?

For Samantha Cole, love and relationships have never come easy. Pain and heartbreak have forced her to build a wall around herself. Hoping to start over, Sam leaves Boston behind and moves to Napa with her best friend. Trying to make better choices in love, Sam establishes rules to keep her heart safe. Little did she know that one man would challenge her and change her mind. He had the potential to break down her walls and bring her heart back home.

Ben Foster has been dealing with heartache and guilt for the past two years, believing he lost his only chance at love. Pounding guys on the Rugby field and running the family winery get him through the pain. When Sam arrives he slowly lets out the breath he's been holding and the fog lifts. He wonders if she is the one that can help his heart find a new way home.

Letting go of the past and moving forward is not always easy. Their connection is strong, but their pasts keep getting in the way. Will Sam and Ben's journey tear them apart or help them find their way to becoming each other's home?

Aine Kelley is a Massachusetts native who resides in a small seaside community outside of Boston. Besides her immense love for her two girls, she's a huge fan of her Patriots. Bruins and Red Sox!  She's a one click addict and loves getting lost in a story. Like her strong female characters in her books, she's a huge 80's movie lover, book addict and a music freak! Her love of words, books, beta reading for authors and reviewing for a blog, led her down this crazy yet exciting writing path. She's so excited for you to finally read and enjoy Jack and Jenny’s story. Her motto is: Live freely, laugh heartily and love deeply.